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Oct 26, 2015

Fly, don’t walk, EU will urge Balkan migrants

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union plans to persuade refugees to wait in Greece for paid flights to other countries offering asylum rather than risk dangerous winter treks through the Balkans, EU officials said on Monday.

Pledging to act fast on agreements by Balkan leaders on Sunday to slow and control the flow of Syrians and others making their way to Germany from Turkey, officials acknowledged people would keep coming and said persuading them to accept orderly relocation arrangements would be vital.

Oct 20, 2015

Cameron set for high-stakes game of bluff with Brussels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – When David Cameron writes to fellow European Union leaders in a couple of weeks, asking for new terms of membership, it will be the opening gambit in high-stakes negotiations that could see Britain quit the bloc.

Adding to the complexity and uncertainty of what the prime minister told his party this month would be “bloody hard work” is that he is effectively running two parallel poker games. One is with his 27 peers in the EU, the other with the British people, including Eurosceptic rivals in his own party.

Oct 20, 2015

Insight – Cameron set for high-stakes game of bluff with Brussels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – When David Cameron writes to fellow European Union leaders in a couple of weeks, asking for new terms of membership, it will be the opening gambit in high-stakes negotiations that could see Britain quit the bloc.

Adding to the complexity and uncertainty of what the prime minister told his party this month would be “bloody hard work” is that he is effectively running two parallel poker games. One is with his 27 peers in the EU, the other with the British people, including Eurosceptic rivals in his own party.

Oct 16, 2015

Turkey grumbles as EU hails deal to stem migration

ISTANBUL/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Turkish leaders accused Europeans on Friday of treating their country shabbily and warned that a new deal with the EU to help stem the flow of migrants to Europe was not completely finalised.

Officials in Brussels, where EU leaders agreed overnight to offer Ankara cash, easier visa terms and a “re-energized” consideration of its EU membership bid, voiced cautious optimism that Turkey would do its part to encourage Syrian refugees not to head to Europe and to deter economic migrants from Asia.

Oct 16, 2015

EU offers Turkey cash, closer ties for migration help

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union offered Turkey a possible 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) in aid and the prospect of easier travel visas and “re-energised” talks on joining the bloc in return for its help stemming the flow of migrants to Europe.

EU leaders at a summit in Brussels said they agreed on an “action plan” with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to cooperate on improving the lives of two million Syrian refugees in Turkey and encouraging them to stay put.

Oct 16, 2015

‘Await a letter in November’, Cameron tells EU on renegotiation

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – David Cameron sought to defuse fellow EU leaders’ frustration over a lack of detail in his demand for new membership terms from the bloc by promising on Thursday to send them his wish-list in writing in early November.

The British prime minister says his bid to renegotiate relations with the bloc it joined in 1973 is “bloody hard work”, but many officials across the European Union have expressed irritation that London has yet to spell out specific proposals since Cameron was re-elected in May.

Oct 15, 2015

‘Await a letter in November’, Britain’s Cameron tells EU on renegotiation

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – David Cameron sought to defuse fellow EU leaders’ frustration over a lack of detail in his demand for new membership terms from the bloc by promising on Thursday to send them his wish-list in writing in early November.

The prime minister says his bid to renegotiate relations with the bloc it joined in 1973 is “bloody hard work”, but many officials across the European Union have expressed frustration that London has failed to submit precise detail on its proposals since Cameron was re-elected in May.

Oct 15, 2015

Turkey seeks EU visa deal for cooperation on migrants

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Turkey demanded on Thursday that the European Union start easing restrictions next year on Turks traveling to the European Union if it wants full cooperation to stem the flow of Syrian refugees and other migrants from its territory to Europe.

As EU leaders held a summit in Brussels dominated by talk of concessions to Turkey in return for Turkish help on the migration crisis, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Ankara would not finalize a previously drafted agreement to take back migrants rejected by the EU without progress on the visa issue.

Oct 15, 2015

‘Wait until November,’ Britain’s Cameron tells EU on renegotiation

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron promised on Thursday to speed up Britain’s renegotiation of its ties with the European Union and lay out specific demands next month ahead of a referendum on whether to quit the bloc that is due before the end of 2017.

Cameron says his bid to recast Britain’s relations with the bloc it joined in 1973 is “bloody hard work”, but some EU diplomats have privately expressed frustration that Britain has failed to submit precise detail of its proposals.

Oct 15, 2015

‘Wait until November’, Cameron tells EU on renegotiation

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron promised on Thursday to speed up Britain’s renegotiation of its ties with the European Union and lay out specific demands next month ahead of a referendum on whether to quit the bloc that is due before the end of 2017.

Cameron says his bid to recast Britain’s relations with the bloc it joined in 1973 is “bloody hard work”, but some EU diplomats have privately expressed frustration that Britain has failed to submit precise detail of its proposals.

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      "Editor for political and general news across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 21 years with Reuters, have reported widely on conflict, elections, society, economics, culture and sport from postings in Paris, Moscow, Berlin, London, Baghdad and Jerusalem."
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